Four punters have the chance to secure grant funding to take part in this year’s seventh annual Cabin Fever festival. As part of an extended funding deal with the State Government, festival organisers Ahoy Management are making a pool of $8000 available to four tourism and hospitality operators to meet costs linked to getting in on next year’s action. The 2023 iteration of the popular midwinter festival which kicks off on July 14 will run for 10 days and feature more than 70 participating businesses. The festival was designed to amp up the region’s midyear visitor numbers and offer wineries, restaurants, retreats and other producers the chance to stage popular but intimate events. “Cabin Fever has such an incredible program from our local venues and producers and sometimes there are great ideas that businesses want to get off the ground or be able to up the ante on their events to provide an even more memorable experience for attendees, but budgets just don’t allow it to happen,” co-director Erin Molloy said. The “event amplification” grants would help operators who might otherwise struggle to stage an event, with funding to help pay musicians, logistics, talent procurement and money needed to boost capacity. The deadline for applications is January 27 via the Cabin Fever website.